The pill is the most popular form of birth control in the United States for a number of good reasons. The number one reason is that it’s highly effective at preventing pregnancy when taken correctly. But, the pill has many added benefits that add to its popularity.
Taking the birth control pill can help clear up your skin. With a combination birth control pill, you’ll find that it lower’s your body’s levels of androgen. Androgen is a hormone that helps your skin produce oil. Lower levels of androgen mean less severe and fewer breakouts.
Less Painful Cramps
Majority of women who get their periods also experience at least one day of painful cramping. Birth control pills reduce how much prostaglandins your body produces. This prevents your womb’s lining from thickening and, as a result, you can experience lighter periods and less painful cramping.
More Regular Cycle
There are several factors that contribute to an irregular period such as, medications, stress, weight, and various health conditions. The average cycle for a healthy woman is typically 28 days, but 24 to 31 days is also considered normal.
Taking the pill can help your periods become more predictable. Most birth control pills consist of 21 pills containing hormones, and 7 placebo pills. Without synthetic hormones during the placebo week, your period will start.
Lowered Risk of Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer
Ovarian cancer has become a growing concern in the United States, as it is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths. However, research shows that if you are on the pill you are less likely to develop ovarian cancer.
Additionally, the longer you take the pill the lower your risk becomes. Studies have also shown that there is a link between the pill and lower instances of endometrial cancer.
Nearly half of women experience migraines during their period. This could be a result of lower estrogen levels. Oral contraceptives that let you ‘skip’ your period will give you a steady dose of estrogen that helps keep migraines away.